The inimitable, 7-times Grammy-nominated ROB ZOMBIE is set for a return to the UK stage after a 12 year hiatus. Rob and his band, featuring John 5 (guitar), Piggy D (bass) and Joey Jordison (drums) will play a string of six dates this coming February, finally bringing their visually-arresting, high-octane, pyro-laden, monster stage show to UK shores.
Rob is looking forward to the visit, saying “ I am thrilled to be finally heading back to the UK. I have been away far too long, but trust me it will be worth the wait. The band is in top form and completely ready to destroy.”
Having co-headlined this Summer’s Rockstar Mayhem Festival and currently closing out the Halloween Hootenanny tour, which is levelling amphitheatres across the States right now, UK fans can be assured the full Zombie spectacular is coming their way. Don’t waste any time picking up your tickets because they’ll not hang around for long.
Dates rack up as follows:
Wed 16th Feb – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton (0844 477 2000)
Thu 17th Feb – MANCHESTER Academy (0161 832 1111)
Fri 18th Feb – NEWCASTLE O2 Academy (0844 477 2000)
Sun 20th Feb – GLASGOW O2 Academy (0844 477 2000)
Mon 21st Feb – LEEDS O2 Academy (0844 477 2000)
Tue 22nd Feb – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy (0844 477 2000)
Tickets, priced £26.50 regionally and £29.50 in London (subject to booking fee), go on sale 9am this Friday 15th October from box offices, all usual agents and online at www.livenation.co.uk and www.kililive.com. Credit card booking phone lines are detailed above.
Support comes from Skindred and Rob Zombie’s Roadrunner UK labelmates, Revoker.
Having sold over fifteen million CDs worldwide to date, the demons were unleashed on current album ‘Hellbilly Deluxe 2..’, which comes a dozen years after its predecessor, ‘Hellbilly Deluxe’, the album that established Zombie as a solo artist following the demise of his colossally successful previous band, White Zombie. ‘Hellbilly Deluxe 2..’ picks up where the last one left off a decade ago, but is Rob Zombie in 2010: leaner and meaner, with the same appreciation and snarl for all things dark and a little bit dastardly. It’s no simple task to record a companion-style follow-up 10 years down the line, but Rob Zombie makes it look and sound easy. “This was one of the least stressful records I’ve ever made. The songs fell together in record time” says Zombie. “For some reason the best songs always come easy.”
Not content to merely hijack the planet with his delightfully nefarious tunes, Rob Zombie, wearing his auteur’s hat, directed the second flick in the legendary franchise, ‘Halloween 2’, which emerged last year. It was his fifth time writing and directing a feature film. Zombie had also interpreted John Carpenter’s original cult horror ‘Halloween’ in 2007 and that film debuted at No. 1 at the US Box Office, shattering Labor Day weekend records. His previous films include 2004’s essential ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ and 2005’s critically acclaimed ‘The Devil’s Rejects’. Zombie also wrapped production on his animated, R-rated feature, ‘The Haunted World of El Superbeasto’, and also guest-directed a season-closing episode of the hit TV series, ‘CSI: Miami’. His next movie project, “Lords of Salem” has just been announced and goes into production next year.
In addition to the album, the “Mars Needs Women” EP is available from today at all good digital stores. The title track is vintage Zombie, featuring ass-moving grooves, piled on top of a storm of chunky riffs. Also included in the package are ‘What? (The Naughty Cheerleader Mix)’, ‘Jesus Frankenstein (Halfway To Hell And Loving It Mix)’ and ‘Sick Bubblegum (Men Or Monsters…Or Both? Mix).